Nose

cassis, dark chocolate and unique to this site some hints of bay leaf.

Palate

charcoal, lavender and bitter sweet chocolate.

Growing Conditions

In 2015, we suffered up to 45% losses in several blocks. It was an early start, but cool weather during flowering in May contributed to a less than normal fruit set. The berries that did set were generally much smaller than usual. Once the set was complete, we had warm to very warm conditions up to and through harvest. There was no rush to judgement on when to pick, we had plenty of space at the winery for the short crop, and all the fruit was in before the winter storms started to line up off the coast. Initially, I did not pass judgement on this vintage; but now having tasted all the wines in bottle – it is a great one in all respects.

Winemaking

The 2015 Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet was fermented in a single closed top tank for about 14 days. The goal on this wine was not maximum extraction but rather to best express the singular profile of this historic vineyard. In order to achieve this, we did no more than two pump-overs a day and had a maximum fermentation temperature of 86 degrees. Following completion of the primary fermentation, the wine was put down to new Taransaud barrels where it stayed for 18 months until being bottled unfined and unfiltered.